Liberia is still wiping off the dust from the more than 14 years of uncivil war. The years of bloodbath destroyed the entire nation’s economy and is still having its toll today – this is why a political machination in the form of the ‘Weah Step Down Campaign’ that seeks to dethrone a government is frightening.
I was in Liberia this past summer to spend my vacation and conduct research. Prior to making the trip, I felt excited and anxious. I hadn’t been back home to reconnect with my family and my friends for an entire year. But apart from reconnecting with loved ones, I was most excited about executing plans I had worked on over the past year.
Last week, the 15th president of the University of Liberia was inaugurated in a historic ceremony held at the Fendall Campus. Dr. Julius Julukon Sarwolo Nelson seems ready to effectively pilot this flight.
Ever since the election of President George Weah and his Coalition for Democratic Change-led government in 2017, the administration has made a concerted effort – wittingly or unwittingly – to construct a new narrative about both immediate and distant past.
Indeed, Cllr. Charles Walker Brumskine spent himself in a worthy cause for Liberia’s betterment. Sadly, like the many great sons and daughters before him whose legacies live only in distant fading memories, what is left of him will depend upon the society he leaves behind.
The offices of just seven public officials are receiving over US$7.7 million from the national cake in 12 months. Should we give their offices this much? They are becoming overnight millionaires as a result of leeching on Liberia’s scarce resources. What do our people get or have to show for voting for them?
The world is changing — fast! Technologies we only dreamed about a few years ago are now a reality, and new innovations are on the horizon. The digital economy has arrived, bringing with it the power to transform countries across Africa — and around the world. However, this opportunity must be pursued; change won’t happen automatically. Why should Liberia embrace the digital revolution and how can it succeed in the digital economy?
Exactly a year ago, President George Weah announced a free tuition policy for public tertiary schools across the country. In a Facebook post last October, the president wrote, “Today, I’m excited to announce that I have declared the University of Liberia and all other public universities in Liberia tuition-free for all undergraduates.”